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May 31, 2017  Donald S. Nesti, CSSp, Center for Faith & Culture at the University of St. Thomas Appoints Fr. Chris Valka, CSB, as Center Director
Father Chris Valka from the University of St. Thomas in Houston TexasThe University of St. Thomas Donald S. Nesti, CSSp, Center for Faith & Culture (CFC) has appointed Fr. Chris Valka, CSB, as the director for the Center.  

Oct 11, 2016  Sr. Maureen O’Connell Presented Faithful Citizenship Award
Sister Maureen O’Connell, OP, presented Faithful Citizenship AwardThe Center for Faith and Culture awarded Sister Maureen O’Connell, OP, executive director, Angela House, with the Faithful Citizenship Award at the Sixth Annual Faithful Citizenship Dinner on Oct. 5 at the Houston Country Club.

Oct 15, 2012  CFC Celebrates Faithful Citizenship
Photo: Fr. NestiThe University of St. Thomas Center for Faith and Culture held its second annual Faithful Citizenship Dinner and Lecture on Oct. 3.

Oct 01, 2012  CFC Honors Faithful Citizens
Photo: Carl and Lois DavisThe Center for Faith and Culture will award Carl and Lois Davis the Faithful Citizens Award at the Faithful Citizenship Dinner and Lecture at 6 p.m. on Oct. 2 at the River Oaks Country Club.

Sep 21, 2012  Archbishop Fiorenza Lecture Focuses on Vatican II
Photo: Dr John BorelliThe University of St. Thomas Center for Faith and Culture will host the annual Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza Lecture with Dr. John Borelli, research fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University, at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 3 in Jones Hall, 3910 Yoakum Blvd. Borelli will speak about “Understanding and Interpreting Vatican II and the Promotion of Dialogue.”


Aug 22, 2012  MAFC Program Welcomes Largest Class
Photo: MAFCAt its annual retreat on Aug. 18, the Center for Faith and Culture's Master of Arts in Faith and Culture program kicked off its third year at the University of St. Thomas by welcoming the largest incoming class to date.

May 17, 2012  First MAFC Grads Embody Faithful Citizenship
Photo: First MAFC GraduatesNearly two years after the first students enrolled in the Master of Arts in Faith and Culture program at the University of St. Thomas, six students from the first cohort graduated on May 12.


Apr 27, 2012  MAFC Graduate Integrates Faith and Theater
MAFC Graduate Integrates Faith and TheaterFor eight years in Houston and Los Angeles, Sara Kumar worked as an electrical engineer by day and a theater artist, writer and director by night. In 2010, Kumar stumbled across the University of St. Thomas Center for Faith and Culture website and flew to Houston that weekend for a visit.

Apr 18, 2012  Panel Discusses Threats to Religious Freedom
Photo: Cardinal DiNardoIn conjunction with the Office of the President, the University of St. Thomas Center for Faith and Culture hosted a panel discussion on April 12, about religious freedom – it’s place within our Constitution, current threats to it and how best to respond to these threats within a Catholic context.

Mar 14, 2012  Learn More and Take Action Against the HHS Mandate
Graphic: HHS MandateThe recently announced Health and Human Services (HHS) Mandate is a serious assault on religious liberty and freedom of conscience, according to Fr. Donald Nesti, CSSp, director of the University of St. Thomas Center for Faith and Culture.

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